September 2013

Way to Go! September 2013

 Local Results. In Your Neighbourhood.

Investments beyond the Community Fund

United Way of Peel Region’s annual fundraising campaign benefits the Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga in so many ways. We invest for impact, not only by funding social service agency programs within Peel – but also by building the community through the our Neighbourhood Development Grants.

Since 2007, over $1.1-million has been invested in 75 neighbourhood development projects.

This year, the Neighbourhood Development Grants will be taking a new approach as we pilot the Strong Neighbourhoods Project. This pilot will fund one project in a selected neighbourhood within each Peel municipality – Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

Poverty is connected to many complex social issues, and it is important to involve community members in the solutions to these problems. Aligned with United Way’s new investment strategy, the pilot will be led by agencies and community groups, through a resident-led approach based on collaborative planning and investment.

For more information on the Neighbourhood Development Grant/Strong Neighbourhoods Project funding opportunity, visit

Proposals are due Friday, October 25, 2013.

To read our impact report, click here.

 Precarious Employment and Poverty in Southern Ontario

One of the photos featured at the exhibit, Wanted: A Full-time Job with Benefits.

One of the photos featured at the exhibit, Wanted: A Full-time Job with Benefits.

On September 14, the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) welcomed a brand new exhibit, Wanted: A Full-time Job with Benefits. This powerful exhibit explores how unstable employment affects people’s health, where and how they live, and the community. Photographs and personal stories show the challenges faced by many families living in Peel today.

Residents from two neighbourhoods, Cooksville in Mississauga and Springdale in Brampton, were recruited to take pictures in their neighbourhoods to show the impact that precarious employment has had on them or in their neighbourhoods. This photo-voice project funded by United Way of Peel Region and the Region of Peel successfully captures what poverty looks like in Peel – a problem that is very hard to see.

The full research report, It’s More Than Poverty: Employment Precarity and House-hold Well-being, was conducted by United Way Toronto and McMaster University.

If you want to learn more about these complex issues and take your first steps towards creating change in our community, we invite you to visit PAMA. The exhibit runs until October 27.

For more information please visit:

 Black Community Advisory Council empowers the next generation, “Our Youth, Our Future”

L to R: Chief Emmanuel Mbulu, Annia Mbula, Michelle Meredith and Senator Don Meredith.L to R: Chief Emmanuel Mbulu, Annia Mbula, Michelle Meredith and Senator Don Meredith.


On Saturday, September 28 , United Way’s Black Community Advisory Council (BCAC) gathered over 250 attendees at the Garden Banquet and Convention Centre to celebrate and inspire Peel’s black youth at the 3rd annual Unity and Diversity Gala: Our Youth, Our Future. The evening was sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.

Hosted by comedian Jay Martin and his nephew, youth justice worker Paul Chapman, the evening was equal parts hilarious and thought-provoking.

“At its core, the BCAC is in the business of helping young people,” said Sophia Brown Ramsay, Council Chair . “We help young people wholeheartedly receive their voice, to believe in their talents, and to ultimately achieve their goal of becoming socially responsible members of our community!”

True to these values, the BCAC invited young entrepreneurs to be a part of the gala, giving them an opportunity to showcase their businesses and network with professionals across all sectors.

Click here to find out more about the Black Community Advisory Council and our other councils.

Click here to view photos.

 Campaign Kudos!

  • …to Amgen Canada Inc. for launching their 2013 campaign. A special shout out to longstanding ECC, Natasha Bond for her leadership and support.
  • …to Hershey Canada for celebrating their birthday with a United Way-themed cake contest
  • …to ConAgra Foods Canada for launching their campaign and donating their time to help others
  • …to Canada Bread for their successful BBQ
  • …to E.I. DuPont Canada Company for their exciting and entertaining kick-off
  • …to Edward Jones Canada for surpassing their goal and raising over $270,000!
  • GlaxoSmithKline Canada Inc. for sponsoring our 2013 Campaign Kick-off on September 13.
  • …to Target Canada for their donation of $130,000!
  • …to Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School board for kicking off their campaign on September 29 at the 26th annual Wilf Hartzenberg Walk/Run/Roll event.

Are you proud of your campaign? Share it with us. Email


Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events


Deadline for Youth in Action grant applications
October 11, 2013


Deadline for Neighbourhood Development grant applications
October 25, 2013


Region of Peel 5K Run, Walk and Roll
October 26, 2013


Day of Caring
November 14, 2013
Registration opens October 7



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